Norman Edvald Benson, a former church elder at Venice Baptist Church, died Saturday, May 28th, of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 85 years old.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11th, at Forest Lawn Mortuary, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Hollywood Hills.
Following the funeral services, there will be a reception at Toluca Lake Tennis Club, 6711 Forest Lawn Drive, Hollywood Hills.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or the Woodland Baptist Church, Woodland, Washington.
Benson was born in September 1919 in Bacchus, Utah, and was known by nicknames Norm, Ben, and Benny.
When Benson was a child, he moved with his family to Los Angeles and later to a farm in Lancaster. He graduated in 1937 from Antelope Valley Joint Union High School.
He later moved to Venice with his wife and two children.
The family attended Venice Baptist Church, where Benson later became a church elder.
Benson was also a scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 131 in the local Marina District of the Boy Scouts of America.
Benson worked as a carpenter, truck driver, auto mechanic, aircraft assembler, and hydraulic lab technician.
His employers were Swift, Wild Man Pritchard, Douglas Aircraft and later McDonnell-Douglas, where he retired in 1986.
During World War II at Douglas Aircraft, Benson met his wife, Jo Tillotson Benson.
When Douglas Aircraft became McDonnell-Douglas, Benson worked on the Saturn Project for the first U.S. mission to the moon.
He also volunteered at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles.
He moved to Woodland, Washington in 1994, where he was a member of Woodland Baptist Church, and lived there until his death.
Benson was preceded in death by his brother Harold, his wife Jo, and his second wife Naomi Tenney Benson.
He is survived by two sons, Norman J. Benson and Clayton L. Benson, and three grandchildren.